Eva Goeb of Franklin, IN wasn't expecting her son and daughter-in-law for Christmas. On Sunday, she was surprised to greet Donny and Miranda when they flew in from Hawaii, where they've both been stationed with the Air Force. The couple decided they were ready to start a family and heard about a baby that would soon be up for adoption through a friend. The adoption process started in October, but they managed to keep everything secret, even after the birth of little Melissa "Lily" Faith on December 8th. And man, it was worth the subterfuge, because Eva Goeb's reaction to meeting her granddaughter will actually make you excited about a stranger's kid:
Miranda told WTHR:
We hid our secret for almost 10 days before we could fly home...We chose not to tell our families due to so many unknowns...We wanted to protect our hearts and theirs. We were taking a huge leap of faith. Once the baby Lily was officially placed with us, to become our daughter, we decided that it was not the type of news to be shared over the phone.
Neither of our families thought we were coming home for Christmas, let alone bringing a baby. They were shocked, enamored, in awe and in love simultaneously.
We are so blessed by Lily, her birth parents and our families. It will be quite the Christmas to remember!
Kinda makes the practical socks and underwear under the tree even more anti-climactic, but it's probably worth it.